Depth is the problem and they hope that the return of big-hitting allrounder Chris Morris will get them over the line against the West Indies in St Kitts tomorrow (7pm).
For the second time in the tri-series, South Africa suffered a catastrophic middle-order batting collapse, when they threw away a winning position against Australia to lose by 36 runs.
The loss of seven wickets for 42 runs when they were cruising at 210/3, chasing 288, begged the question if the Proteas were properly set up for the match.
And SA’s No.3 Faf du Plessis admits that they were short of batting lower down the order when things rafeld uit.
The top-order ace says: “We understand that we have a pretty long tail. If it goes that way, it’s not great for the tail-enders.
“Morris wasn’t 100 percent fit today. He offers more batting.
“So of course it will be great. The longer you make your batting order, the stronger you become as a side.”
But he reckons the batsmen are in good touch and that they will be good enough to beat the Windies at a venue that gives the likes of Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers every chance of making the big score that they need to lift their confidence.
He adds: “For us it’s an easy fix, technically we are in good touch. Mentally we were off it for five overs.”
“And if you play like that against any team, you will lose. When we get into a position like that, we just have to be stronger. We try to compete. In a triangular series, you need to get to the final and play your best game of cricket on the day.”